Modenine, Avid The Lyrical team up in Come With Me
Veteran Nigerian rapper and record producer, Babatunde Olusegun Adewale better known by the stage name, Modenine, has teamed up with another rapper, Avid The Lyrical, to put forth a video titled Come With Me.
Produced by Modenine, the hip-hop rap record is the first official single off the upcoming extended play (EP) titled Euthanasia by the duo. Game Over directed the video.
Modenine shot into the Nigerian entertainment firmament in 2004, when he released his debut project, Malcolm IX. His next album, Pentium IX was released in 2006. In 2007, he released another album called É Pluribus Unum.
With eight studio albums to his kitty, the ace rapper in 2018, released another album titled Hence4th, which was produced by Black Intelligence. He followed with The Monument in 2019.
Born in London, the Osun State native attended Agboju secondary school, Lagos before proceeding to Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, where he earned a degree in Building Technology.
The former Rhythm 84.7FM Abuja presenter is the third child of his parents. He has credited Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five for inspiring his love for Hip Hop.
His discography include Malcolm IX (2004), Pentium IX (2006), E’ Pluribus Unum “One Amongst Many” (2007), The Paradigm Shift (2008), Da Vinci Mode (2010), Above Ground Level (2014), Insulin (2016) and The Monument (2019).
As a result of his lyrical prowess and dexterity, rap legend has featured in so many albums including Pay At-10-Shun (2010), a project by Alias, Golden Era Guevara New Era Mandela (2011) by Mills The Producer, Alphabetical Order (2013), a collaboration with XYZ; Look What I Found (2016), an EP by DJ Papercutt, and Black Intelligence (2018) by Hence4th.
His mixtapes include The Lost Sessions – Malcolm IX (2004), The Mixtape – Pentium IX (2005), The Soul Edition – Nigel Benn’s KraftWork (Modenine and Kraft) 2007, 09.09.09 The Mix Tape (2009), and Occupy The Throne (2012).
Commenting on his career longevity, and the place of boom-bap in the age of trap, Modenine said, “The Monument, is a testament to longevity and a lifetime dedication to one’s chosen craft.”
He added that the project is also the tale of a rap legend, who is puzzled that his vitality has somehow marginalised him, while a continuing stream of weaker or newer rappers are celebrated on account of their youth and ever changing trends.
Tired of the mediocre rap records being churned out in Nigeria, Modenine relocated to London in 2017. According to him, two songs aptly carry his frustrations — Lyricist Woes, where he complains in a punch line: “fans desert me, few show me love, the rest cut me off curtly.”
He emphasises similar sour points on Check For Me, where he sneers at fickle fandom. “They hit me up say they don’t fuck with iTunes, begging for a free link to download my tunes,” he sang.
How frustrated he is with the respect fans and the industry in Nigeria show to some of his recent releases, he said, “mostly the industry not the fans. Jimmy Jatt is an industry guy and he’s showed me so much love and a lot of guys have showed me love. It’s not all of them that are against Modenine. The ones that are against (me) tend to overlook my skill and what I can do.”
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